Midfielder motivated by debut.
Sunderland development squad midfielder Adam Mitchell says he is still driving towards a repeat of his first-team debut at the end of last season.
Mitchell was a late substitute on the final day of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League campaign against Tottenham Hotspur; becoming the third academy graduate to make his debut in the season.
And the County Durham-born youngster says he is more determined than ever to get another first-team opportunity.
“It was one of those experiences I’ll never-ever forget,” the 19-year-old said. “Obviously now I’ve played in the Premier League and people can’t take that away from me.
“I’ve done what I wanted to and it’s just about kicking on.
“I’ve had the taste of it and I can say I’ve done it - I know what I need to do to work towards it again.”
Mitchell was one of a number of young players called up ahead of the defeat to Spurs and he says the moment he was told he was going on was special.
“I was over the moon; it’s what you work towards – I rang my Mam and Dad straight away,” he added.
“It was a really good experience, when you’re at the Academy you don’t get to know the first team so much but if you go away with them you get to know them in a different way.
“I never expected to come on; I remember me and Fergy [David Ferguson] warming up down the side of the pitch and one of the coaches called us over and looked as if he was pointing at Fergy so I thought ‘best of luck to Fergy’.
“He actually pointed to me; my heart sunk and I got to make my Premier League debut – it was surreal.”
Mitchell has started the 2013-14 campaign brightly and notched his first goal of the season in a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at the Academy of Light.
And the local lad says he is delighted with both his own form and also the team effort which has seen the young Black Cats move to second place in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
“We won the first four and met our objectives by winning the first two,” Mitchell added. Going to Leicester and winning 3-2 after being 2-1 down gave us real belief and we’ve kicked on from then.
“We are very confident and confident in each other; we’re always pushing each other on which is a big part of what we do.
“On a personal note, I’d like to add more goals to my game to help the team over the course of the season but I’m pleased with my assists and my contribution.”